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Istanbul aggressively increased its overnight lending rate to 12% from 7.75%

You've got to have 'wa'

When Japan's old-fashioned boardrooms open up to the modern world, disrupting harmony (wa) often follows. David McNeill reports from Tokyo

Finance director quits as The Hut ditches float

The finance director of The Hut, which is backed by some of retail's biggest stars, has quit the online retailer abruptly after it ditched plans for a flotation this year.

Major investors demand answers from Olympus

Olympus's second-largest shareholder yesterday demanded answers to the issues raised by its ousted chief executive over four takeovers and joined calls for an independent investigation.

Olympus investors demand review

Chief executive's removal after only two weeks prompts questions over controversial transactions

Finance director quits The Hut after it drops plans for flotation

The finance director of The Hut, which is backed by some of retail's biggest stars, has quit the online retailer abruptly after it ditched plans for a flotation this year.

Stephen Foley: Argos is in crisis. When will its management admit it?

Outlook If only it was just a publicity stunt: "Argos announces joint venture in China, in vain attempt to distract from its profits wipeout in the UK."

US house prices in fourth monthly rise

US house prices managed a fourth consecutive month of gains, offering a glimmer of hope in one of the most important but depressed areas of the world economy. Prices were up 0.9 per cent in July compared to June, according to the latest S&P Case-Shiller index of the 20 largest metropolitan areas, although they remained 4.1 per cent below July 2010.

Stephen Foley: News Corp investors should reject Murdoch's minimalist shake-up

US Outlook: Rupert Murdoch's message to the corporate governance campaigners snapping at News Corp could not be any bolder if he had written it on the front page of one of his tabloids: Stick it up your punter.

Hargreaves and Lansdown cash in on dividend rise

Hargreaves Lansdown, the investment broker, shrugged off choppy markets and the threat of a crackdown by regulators to post a 46 per cent rise in earnings and a 41 per cent increase in the assets it looks after for clients.

Japan: 500,000 take part in quake drills

More than half a million people took part in annual drills across Japan yesterday to prepare for disasters.

David McNeill: No shame in Tesco's failing to crack Japan

The Tesco juggernaut, seemingly unstoppable in the UK, has ground to a halt in Japan. Eight years after arriving in Tokyo with ambitious plans to become a big player in the world's third largest market, the retailing giant is pulling out.

Charter opens its books after Melrose ups its offer

Melrose moved closer to its goal of buying Charter International yesterday, with the engineering group agreeing to open its books after the manufacturing buyout firm raised the value of its possible offer.

Fall for autumn's foliage

As the trees begin their magnificent transformation from green to gold, Chris Leadbeater offers options far and wide to see them in all their blazing glory

Letter from the editor: Happy return to work

Thank you for your feedback on our changes — although I can tell from i’s mailbag, that so many of you have been away.

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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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